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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, March 29 2019 12:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Dates is an anthology of queer historical fiction, full of happy queer stories from all over the world and and throughout the course of human history. We’ve already brought our first and second (award-winning!) volumes to life through the support of the Kickstarter community... and now we’re back with a third! 

Volume 3 of Dates follows the same basic rules as our other volumes:

  • All stories are set before 1965
  • All the main characters are queer 
  • And there are no tragic endings 

And this volume? This volume is about adventure

Top row illustrations by: Michelle Gruppetta, Caroline Dougherty, Shannon Kao. Bottom row pages by: G.C. Houle & Taylor Robin, Meg Coates, Ahueonao, Alan Capes & Shauntae Ball
Top row illustrations by: Michelle Gruppetta, Caroline Dougherty, Shannon Kao. Bottom row pages by: G.C. Houle & Taylor Robin, Meg Coates, Ahueonao, Alan Capes & Shauntae Ball

This time around you’ll follow queer characters from across the globe on thrilling train chases, down dark alleys, and across rough terrain! Our contributors have created 21 comics, 17 illustrations, and 3 short prose stories full of excitement, anticipation, and, yes, romance to form one incredible 300+ page volume, complete with black-and-white interiors and full-color illustrations. And, just like our previous volumes, none of the stories have mature content and are totally suitable for pre-teen readers.

Artwork by Fanfi
Artwork by Fanfi

We’ve gathered an incredible crew for Dates 3, including a few familiar talents and a ton of fresh faces! Zora Gilbert and Cat Parra are still on as organizers and editors, and we couldn’t be more proud of the work our amazing crew has done. In Volume 3, we’ve got:

Comics by:

Illustrations by:

Short Stories by:

With a cover by the ever-illustrious Erica Chan, a bonus comic by Cat Parra & Erica Chan, and a Kickstarter-exclusive postcard set by Margins alumni Ayanna Johnson, Dante Luiz, Grace Park, Imas Esther, Ingram, Noella Whitney, and Val Wise.

Artwork by stc019
Artwork by stc019

All our comics are complete, and Zora is hard at work laying out the book. Our goal in this campaign is to raise money to print Dates 3 as a 6” x 9”, 300+ page, perfect-bound paperback book, including full color comic covers & illustrations, and to pay our contributors

We’ve already paid our team an on-completion rate of $20 per page, but we need to raise funds to complete their full rate of $50 per page… plus potential Kickstarter bonuses!

In our funding goal of $26,000:

  •  $8,430 will go towards paying our contributors
  •  $9,330 will go towards proofing and printing the books
  •  $3,465 will go towards shipping books to backers
  •  $1,600 will go towards paying for and shipping other backer rewards
  •  $2,600 will go towards Kickstarter fees
  •  $575 will be wiggle room

As usual, the more we raise, the more we’re able to pay our contributors. Extra funds will go towards improving the book, increasing creator rates, and printing more books.

Artwork by A D'Amico
Artwork by A D'Amico

You know the deal! The more money we make, the more we can pay our contributors. This round, each stretch goal is accompanied by a contributor rate increase of $10 per page.

$30,000: Spot gloss & contributor pay increase!

We’ll add that sweet spot gloss to the cover for an extra shine, and each creative team will be paid an additional $10/page (for a total of $60/page).

$37,000: Bonus comic printed & contributor pay increase!

We’ll print The Elusive Mr Vanderbridge, Cat Parra & Erica Chan’s 26-page bonus comic featuring the ladies of the cover of Dates 1, and send it out with all physical orders that include the bonus comic! Also, each creative team will be paid an additional $20/page (for a total of $70/page).

$42,000 & $49,000: Contributor pay increases!

At $42,000, each creative team will be paid an additional $30/page (for a total of $80/page). 

At $49,000, each creative team will be paid an additional $40/page (for a total of $90/page). 

$56,000: Enamel pin & contributor pay increase!

Holy cow! We’ll manufacture a brand new Dates 3 enamel pin and include it in every physical order. Also, each creative team will be paid an additional $50/page (for a total of $100/page). More details about the pin will be revealed when we hit the $47,000 goal!

Artwork by Haeji Lee
Artwork by Haeji Lee

It wouldn’t be a Dates campaign without cool extra swag! This year, we’ve got two great bonuses and a whole bunch o’ bundles, just for you. 

The Bonuses:

Seven Dates alumni have come together to create a set of seven illustrated postcards, each showcasing a different continent (yep, even Antarctica)! The postcards are 4” x 6”, full color, and will be printed on nice, thick cardstock. They’ll even have postcard detailing on the back, so you can send them to your loved ones… if you don’t hoard them all for yourself.

Postcards by Ayanna Johnson, Dante Luiz, Grace Park, Imas Esther, Ingram, Noella Whitney, Val Wise; comic by Erica Chan & Cat Parra
Postcards by Ayanna Johnson, Dante Luiz, Grace Park, Imas Esther, Ingram, Noella Whitney, Val Wise; comic by Erica Chan & Cat Parra

And, of course, we have The Elusive Mr Vanderbridge, a 26-page digital bonus comic staring the ladies from the cover of Dates 1 on their own exciting adventure! Written by Cat Parra and drawn by Dates cover artist Erica Chan, this is the biggest bonus comic we’ve ever done and reveals the tale our very favorite ladies’ first meeting.

The Bundles:

You can also bundle your copy of Dates 3 with copies of each of the previous volumes, in digital or in paperback!

But that’s not all! We’ve put out a whole pile of pins & comics over the years, so keep an eye out in the rewards for publications like Queer Looks (an illustration zine of queer fashion throughout the ages) and Vampire Emmy and the Garbage Girl (a supernatural romance from the minds and hands of Pat Shand and Roberta Ingranata).

And now, the tiers:

 $10: FOOT TRAVEL 

THE PDF! You get the full, DRM-free PDF of Dates 3, and your name on the acknowledgements page!

 $15: HORSEBACK

THE DIGITAL BONUS COLLECTION! You get the PDF, your name on the acknowledgements page, and the digital Dates 3 bonus collection, including a PDF collection of the postcard illustrations and The Elusive Mr Vanderbridge!

 $25: CARRIAGE

THE BOOK! You get the PDF, your name on the acknowledgements page, and a real, physical copy of Dates 3!

 $30: BICYCLE

THE DIGITAL CATCH-UP BUNDLE! You get PDFs of Dates 1, Dates 2, and Dates 3; your name on the acknowledgements page; and the digital Dates 3 bonus collection!

 $35: LOCOMOTIVE

BOOK & BONUS! You get the PDF, your name on the acknowledgements page, a paperback copy of Dates 3, the postcard set, and The Elusive Mr Vanderbridge!

 $55: SKIFF

DOUBLE UP! Get the PDF, the postcard set, The Elusive Mr Vanderbridge, and two copies of the paperback—one for you, and one for your favorite adventuring partner!

 $60: TROLLEY

THE RETAILER LEVEL! Five copies of Dates 3 at wholesale value. This tier is for retailers and libraries only! 

 $65: MOTORBIKE

THE PHYSICAL CATCH-UP BUNDLE! You get PDFs and paperback copies of Dates 1, Dates 2, and Dates 3; your name on the acknowledgements page; the postcard set; and The Elusive Mr Vanderbridge!

 $75: STEAMSHIP

THE QUEER LOOKS BUNDLE! You get the PDF, your name on the acknowledgements page, a paperback copy of Dates 3, the postcard set, The Elusive Mr Vanderbridge, and the full set of Queer Looks merch (including the PDF, the zine, and all four pins)! 

 $115: DIRIGIBLE

THE FULL COLLECTION! You get everything Margins has ever done! PDFs and paperbacks of Dates 1, Dates 2, and Dates 3; the postcard set; The Elusive Mr Vanderbridge; the full set of Queer Looks merch; and Vampire Emmy and the Garbage Girl

(Want to add a commission from one of the artists below onto DIRIGIBLE? First, know that we love you; then, increase your pledge by $75 USD and message us and we’ll note you down!)

$125: OCEAN LINER

COMMISSION! You get PDF and paperback copies of Dates 3, the postcard set, The Elusive Mr Vanderbridge, and your name on the acknowledgements page, PLUS one of our incredible contributors will draw your original character or historical figure in the period-appropriate finery of your choice!

Caroline Dougherty will draw a bust portrait in full color, with a simple background (SOLD OUT)
Caroline Dougherty will draw a bust portrait in full color, with a simple background (SOLD OUT)
Cat Parra will draw a full-body portrait in black & white, with a simple background (2 slots left!)
Cat Parra will draw a full-body portrait in black & white, with a simple background (2 slots left!)
Erica Chan will draw a half-body portrait in black & white, with a simple background (3 slots left!)
Erica Chan will draw a half-body portrait in black & white, with a simple background (3 slots left!)
Ravi Teixeira will draw a full-body portrait in full color, with a simple background (5 slots left!)
Ravi Teixeira will draw a full-body portrait in full color, with a simple background (5 slots left!)
stc019 will draw a full-body portrait in full color, with a simple background (5 slots left!)
stc019 will draw a full-body portrait in full color, with a simple background (5 slots left!)
Artwork by NOL
Artwork by NOL
A D'Amico // Sparklenaut & Basalisk
A D'Amico // Sparklenaut & Basalisk
Sonia Liao // Fawn Prince
Sonia Liao // Fawn Prince
From top left to bottom right: Anastasia Longoria // Schpog // Ravi Teixeira // Haeji Lee
From top left to bottom right: Anastasia Longoria // Schpog // Ravi Teixeira // Haeji Lee
Marie-Anne Dt // Shaina Lu & Sunny Ôchumuk
Marie-Anne Dt // Shaina Lu & Sunny Ôchumuk

See more previews and process work on our twitter or at our blog!


Credits

Dates and Margins wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support of our community, and without the innovations of the folks who have come before us in the indie anthology scene. Our thanks goes out to:

  •  Estelle Tian, for our amazing video (hire Estelle)
  •  Spike Trotman, for pioneering the artist bonus system (adapted in this campaign)
  •  Leigh Luna, for designing the Dates logo
  • Kirsten Spira, for support and legal handholding
  • Virginia, for the support & guidance
  • Lewis Gilbert
  • Erica Chan
  • Linda Camillo, for designing the Margins Logo
  • The Friendzone, for all the hijinks and help over the years, and for giving Zora a home in Pittsburgh

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Risks and challenges

All the comics are finished and we’ve got printers lined up for the books and postcards! All that’s left to do is put the finishing touches on the book and send it to print. There’s always a risk of delays during printing and fulfillment, but this ain’t our first rodeo and we know what to expect.

We’ll be keeping backers updated through the whole production process, so If any delays do occur we’ll make sure to notify backers as soon as we can.

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